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president bush was in the white house the naacp got extra scrutiny. the partisan taint to this occurred after the news about it came out. you have republicans trying desperately to tie it to president obama, link the white house to somehow ordering or are wink and go nodding to the -- wink and go nodding to the -- winking and nodding on the agencies. and you have democrats pointing out this started when a bush appointee was the commissioner and the inspector general who issued the report revealing this behavior was also a bush appointee who testified at this hearing. he said in that i g's report there is no evidence of political bias, this is a bone headed approach to put in words in a search engine so you could zero in on these groups. when the tea party emerged it sure looked like a political party. and i think it is an explanation as to why they singled out that phrase and other phrase and the real scandal here is the abuse of the 501 c-4s that claim to be social welfare organizations. they are not supposed to be doing political activity and it sure looks like a lot of these groups u
: that answer from president barack obama left the door open to the possibility for the white house involvement not the irs scandal. when we come back, charles krauthammer will be here to explain why he thinks that could be the fatal moment of the obama presidency. and more on the explosive hearing. bob beckel and monica crowley are alec, for this mission i upgraded your smart phone. ♪ right. but the most important feature of all is... the capital one purchase eraser. i can redeem the double miles i earned with my venture card to erase recent travel purchases. d with a few clicks, this mission never happened. uh, what's this button do? [ electricity zaps ] ♪ you requested backup? yes. yes i did. what's in your wallet? yes i did. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step seven point two one two. rify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. ♪ there you go. come on, let's play! [ male a
a lot of questions about what's going on in the obama white house, how much they knew. the administration is saying they knew nothing about this irs scandal at all, correct? >> that's right. they said that jay carney, the white house spokesman, said the counsel's office found out a few weeks ago that the inspector general was doing this investigation at all but you're absolutely right. what this does is feed into an already existing huge problem with the american people, that is that they simply don't trust the government. that's obviously the basis for this country. but it has really gotten so much worse recently and the fact that you have these two issues, you have the government effectively spying on and taking records from journalists, and then of course, the irs which has never had the greatest reputation in the world. it's definitely a double whammy. >> and already this administration is actually going after more classified leaks than basically all recent administrations combined. >> that's right. i don't fault them so much on that, and i must say in their defens
was up to something, or if the administration, the bureaucrats were up to something, the obama white house in some way, may have known. that's why you're going to see subpoenas, investigations continue. the president may have felt like he settled a lot of these issues with his press conferences today and yesterday. when i talked to senate republicans, when i talked to house republicans, they're just starting, martin. they feel this is really an issue where they can open up this presidency and try to peek inside. >> okay. well, very briefly, robert, what would it take to appease these republicans' fears? is there anything short of imprisoning the president or sending him back to chicago? >> you hear very few republicans publicly talking about impeachment, and only a few were even raising the issue. i think they want to see some more interest from holder on his role. they want to see doug shulman, the ex-irs commissioner come before congress and testify. i think you're going to see them continue to press the bureaucracy. i think they are going to keep asking the white house for more an
's separate from the white house. obama's come out and has been so angry at the irs. the benghazi thing seems to be isolated, not going directly to him. on the a.p., he is all for it. he is not apologizing. it is the one that is most in keeping with his character where you can argue that going after leakers, prosecutor leakers aggressively is something that he has made clear to everybody in his administration that he thinks ought to be done. the administration has twice as many of the leak prosecutions as previous ones and it's the one where you see people doing what he wants them to do. >> david, you said that you feel that the a.p. situation isn't really going to resonate with americans. certainly it is going to resonate with the american press internationally, as well. but why do you think that the press is always accused of loving president obama. >> i think the white house will tell you they don't feel much love from the press since he has been elected. the issue about the a.p. investigation is that we in the media feel this is a direct threat as to how we do our jobs. the president says
's a cloud covering the obama white house. >> the beckel cloud has opened up, and beckel can see the cloud. >> sean: amen. thank you, guys. when we come back, still ahead tonight, rhines priebus and senator lindsey graham will be here to react to the breaking developments in the news today. plus the irs's enemy list went beyond targeting conservatives. michelle malkin is with the details coming up straight ahead. le announcer ] progress isn't about where you've been. ♪ it's about where you're going. the new ram 1500. best-in-class 25 mpg. ♪ north american truck of the year. ♪ the truck of tas. better residual value than ford and chevy. it's the fastest-growing truck brand in america. guts. glory. ram. guts. glory. so you can capture your receipts, ink for all business purchases. and manage them online with jot, the latest app from ink. so you can spend less time doing paperwork. and more time doing paperwork. ink from chase. so you can. welwhere new york state is... investing one billion dollars to attract and grow business. where companies like geico are investing in technology & fi
of tornadoes touched down. that's next,. and did president obama or anyone in the white house know anything about the irs targeting conservative groups before the news went public? did they know? today he had a chance to tell us, no, we didn't know. he didn't do that. one question was asked, another was answered. we'll get to that. breaking news just came in. president obama will name a white house budget official as the acting irs commissioner, named daniel worfel. i do not believe his the same who played for football and won the heisman trophy. this is another man. so there are two. that's breaking news. this guy worked in the administration for years dealing with budget issues and will replay this outgoing irs boss. the news coins next. announcer ] from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. ♪ hoo-hoo...hoo-hoo. hoo-hoo hoo. sir... i'll get it together i promise... heeheehee. jimmy: ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? ronny:i'd say happier than the pillsbury doughboy on his way to a baking convention.
. there is no such mechanism in the obama white house. and i think that in the second term they have become even more insular than they were in the first. >> the white house counsel's office has been beleaguered with all of these extraneous issues when they really need to be focused on vetting and getting the nominations up to the hill. you have a whole state department with barely any assistant secretaries. you have the second and third-ranked officials, all vacant in so many different departments. >> but the idea of being a little slow to respond when there's a big controversy, we saw this all the way back to the 2008 campaign. that the obama team, now maybe it's that they're thoughtful and that would be a good thing. but i think when controversies erupt. it almost seems to take them some criticism that they're not responding before they're finally galvanized into doing so. does it matter? it took them a couple of days to get going in response to this trio of controversies. but now they are. you've seen them very active in the last 72 hours about it. maybe that's fast enough to take control of a situation
of pressed on tying the irs to the obama white house and this idea of when exactly was it known that the irs was dealing with these conservative groups and targeting them in an improper way. they admitted that it was back in may of 2012 and still told congressional investigators, nothing improper was going on. listen to the defense that mr. miller put forward in the hearing room today. >> as commissioner, i want to apologize on behalf of the internal revenue service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service i provided. i think what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. the listing described in the report while intolerable, was a mistake and not an act of partisanship. >> so there mr. miller claims it was not an act of partisanship. a lot of folks on the republican side disagree that statement saying why the heck were some of these liberal groups not held up the same as the conservative groups were. miller stepped back. he was it through a lot of this, not taking any decisive action. it looked like hey, i'
the white house. why our first read team says at this point, even baseless charges against the obama administration may be easier to stick. rough day. there was this and this. she got a parking ticket... ♪ and she forgot to pay her credit card bill on time. good thing she's got the citi simplicity card. it doesn't charge late fees or a penalty rate. ever. as in never ever. now about that parking ticket. [ grunting ] [ male announcer ] the citi simplicity card is the only card that never has late fees, a penalty rate, or an annual fee, ever. go to citi.com/simplicity to apply. >>> benghazi, the irs and now the a.p. our first read team notes three makes it harder going on to say the rule of three means the president's credibility is truly on the line right now. with the public. no amount of denial or outrage will be as persuasive to the public and the president's political foes know it. joining me, senior political editor mark murray. go into detail on what you mean by that. >> that has to do with the fact that there is now a full-on media feeding frenzy going on. when you are just d
>>> this sunday, damage control by the white house on several fronts. how much harm will it do to the president's second term agenda? president obama under a cloud of scandal, as congress bears down on irs officials who targeted conservative groups. >> this week confirms everything that the american public believes. this is a huge blow to the faith and trust the american people have in their government. >> the key questions now -- who initiated the targeting and why? who else in the administration knew? and why was congress misinformed for so long? with us this morning, the president's senior adviser, dan pfeiffer, the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell of kentucky, and the man leading a congressional investigation into the irs, chairman of the house ways and means committee, dave camp. and later the political fallout from benghazi and the justice department seizure of phone reports from the associated press. plus former secretary of defense donald rumsfeld returns to "meet the press." this time he's out of office and weighing in on the big issues in "rumsfeld's r
of the obama white house has gone from sketchy to sinister. they don't look jerky now, they look dirty. the patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone. it's gone." i have to say, peggy, what you don't talk about here is an administration for a man that you work for who led the iran-contra scandal with iran, the secret war and lied to congress and all the rest. overstatement here? >> i don't think so. i think this is -- what is going on now is all three of these scandals makes a cluster that implies some very bad things about the forthcomingness of the administration and about its ability to at certain dramatic points do the right thing. and i got to tell you, everyone can argue about which of these things is most upsetting, but this irs thing is something i've never seen in my lifetime. it is the revenue gathering arm of the u.s. government -- >> peggy, wait a second. >> -- going after political -- >> richard nixon specifically directed people to investigate to audit people. of course we've seen it in our lifetime. >> but this is so broad and extremely abusive to normal u.
on what they're doing. >> jeff, does it pass the smell test that the obama white house itself would not be informed about this just from a potential p.r. standpoint? >> it certainly actually does pass the smell test that the white house would not be involved. attorney general holder had to know. there is no question that a decision like this goes all the way to the attorney general. now, just to put this in a little perspective, the a.p. has suggested that this is part of an investigation of a leak regarding a possible terrorist attack in yemen and the administration will surely say look, you know, it's all well and good that journalists want to protect their sources, but this is a matter of life and death. if this stuff gets leaked, people will die, so we are willing to take that extreme step. i think that's the kind of balance you're going to see on this story. >> we'll see what the department of justice says about it. dana, the other controversy is the news the irs intentionally red flagged conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. they would look for key words like tea
's reached on capitol hill is that this was specific to the agency, this did not go into the obama white house or any other political folks in the white house, in the administration, but it probably doesn't have legs is a huge political scandal that we're going to be talking about for months and months. >> thank you very much, mark. i greatly appreciate you coming on with the "first read." >>> the same jury that convicted jodi arias of first degree murder now hearing testimony on whether she deserves the death penalty. live pictures of arias crying in court. well let's get you ready. very nice. you see these various colors. got workshops every saturday. yes, maybe a little bit over here. summer's here. so are the savings. not bad. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. get special buys on select toro products, like this self propelled mower just $274. thto fight chronic. osteoarthritis pain. to fight chronic low back pain. to take action. to take the next step. today, you will know you did something for your pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a pain reliever fda-a
understand this issue, the allegation has been that somehow the obama campaign, the obama white house, manipulated this to not say it was involved with terrorists. if you use the e-mails, it is clear they thought right to that week that it was a spontaneous demonstration that evolved in, it they used the word. evolved into the attack. then there was the mortar attack. i don't think it covers the state department with any glory, that's for sure. >> let me go to chuck todd for the last word. the politics of this thing from the beginning, was it protecting the secretary of state? was it protecting donlan? the one thing absent in all this discussion are name of principals. they're not in this discussion. it is already demts saying the building leadership. these weird references to their bosses. i have to assume going up to that "meet the press" day when susan rice was getting her audition to be secretary of state, there was an intense interest from the president on down in how good a job she did and i thought she did a hell of a job as a political warrior. >> there was politics involved h
of chairman and ceo. it's bill daley, before serving as president obama's white house chief of staff from 2011 to 2012. daley held discussions with organizations pushing for that split. the topic of discussion, source of the group's consternation, and whether a kproepgs at this stage of the vote is at all possible. one person familiar president matter said that it was communicated that it was too late to broker a deal. the vote, of course, is next tuesday. now, as public opinion starts to gel ahead of it, daley not the only jpmorgan alum coming to dimon's defense. larry bosserty did so this morning here on cnbc. >> i can't help but think it's misdirected and misguided. if you take a look at the history of what's happened since dimon's been there, he navigated through the shoals of the 2008 financial collapse without any problems, they didn't have a loss quarter, they didn't need t.a.r.p., they took it to be a team player, and therefore they've had three record years of earnings, a return better than most. >> less than a week to go before the vote. today, jpmorgan shares hit a 52-week high. kel
, everybody. our agenda next hour, trifecta of trouble. president obama's white house under siege on three fronts. facing allegations of using intimidation tactics in the wake of scandals involving the irs, associated press and again gazy. will the growing up roar kill the traction of moving his second term agenda forward? this is not the first time the irs has faced heat for targeting a group it suspected of being a little too political. i'll talk with civil rights pioneer julian bond about the 2004 speech that prompted the irs to probe the naacp. >>> one of the most famous women in the world making this daring medical decision. it's having an impact far beyond hollywood. what does it mean for women facing the same choice? we'll talk about that and much more at the top of the hour. 30? 20? new purina one beyond has 9. the simplified purina one beyond. learn more about these wholesome ingredients at purinaone.com her long day of pick ups and drop offs begins with arthritis pain... and a choice. take up to 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. all aboard. ♪ >>> morning ev
on another barack fundraising swing by president barack obama. the white house says the president will attend a pair of events on the peninsula june 6th to raise money for democratic candidates for the u.s. senate. tickets for a reception in palo alto start at $2500. sitting down for dinner with the president in portola valley will cost more than $32,000. >>> apple co-founder steve wozniak told cal grads to seek personal happiness and not wealth. they face a tough job market, but as ktvu's christien kafton told us that they were encouraged to look beyond statistics and find fulfillment. >> reporter: with the thundering beat and the sun beating down, cal's graduating class of 2013 filled memorial day stadium. today's commencement address was the last for outgoing chancellor birgeneau. >> how does it feel? >> i have loved being chief financial and administrative officer, but looking forward to being a profession. >> apple cope founder steve wozniak, deceased addressed the crowd. and formaldehyde kutv internal and current cnn white house correspondent brianna keilar. >> fight to follow what
ago. we are saying there is not a link to the white house. i do not know if there is. when obama was asked, can you assure us no one in the white house knew about this, his answer was, i did not know about the ig report until i read about it last week. he was asked about the scandal, not the ig. he gave the most narrow answer you could have. all i am saying is that it opened a lot of questions. >> as i followed the story, we learned about the existence of the inspector general's report, the treasury department on the irs. that had not been released. there was a reference made to it earlier. i can understand the president not knowing about this. he would have been ill-suited to get into the details. the law is clear about the white house separating them from the irs. >> what goes on in cincinnati that they felt they had to target the tea party? >> these are the questions that demand answers. everybody that headed these agencies, they are a presidential appointee. eric holder is a very personal friend of the president. the irs commissioner, who was asked from the george bush admini
scandal is just one of the problems facing the obama white house. could there be legal fallout? our legal guys will be weighing in. >>> and did you already get your powerball ticket? the drawing for the $600 million jackpot is tonight and everyone wants a shot at it. but what are your odds? >>> we begin with that devastating commuter train crash in connecticut. ntsb investigators are now on the scene. the collision last night injured dozens of people and it's creating quite the night -- nightmare for commuters. susan, what is happening there right now? >> reporter: investigators from the national transportation safety board are on site and they are fanning out to take a closer look at this accident scene, which they said covers about 200 yards or so, so the length of two football fields. we're talking about two commuter trains. one going eastbound from new york heading to new haven, connecticut, and the other one going in the opposite direction. the first one derailed a little after 6:00 in the evening at the height of rush hour on friday night when that accident happened. they are trying
by the controlled senate and the republican controlled house of representatives. >>> president barack obama made his statement with the white house administrator dave cameron about the conflict in syria. the u.s. will provide $100 million in aid for humanitarian relief. president barack obama reviewed the group of 8 summit taking place next month in northern ireland. >>> a weekend of planning came -- planting came to an abrupt end after a controversial piece of land was talked about. here is new video of what has been happening since we first brought you this story on mornings on 2, good afternoon brian. >> reporter: there were 30uc berkeley police officers and many activists, and they left about 45 minutes ago and the activists want this area for urban farming even though it is already slated for development. uc berkeley police this morning arrested four people for trespassing on a piece of land known as the guilt trap. they were the only ones who were later identified as friends of brook moran. >> it is really -- the university should be looking at it as an opportunity to do something transformati
scandals you talk about. obama himself or the white house and the press. the press ignores claims from the tea party for three years that they were being targeted by the irs. the press gave obama a pass on benghazi for seven months, yeah, they get four pinocchios but seven months after the facts haven't changes. press is connected because they are outraged because they were targeted. that is only reason they are all united now. >> eric: it's interesting it's never president obama's fault. benghazi wasn't their fault. solyndra wasn't his fault. irs is not going to be his fault. >> bob: president of united states that they ordered it? >> eric: i'm suggesting that the president knew about all these things. >> bob: that is very serious allegation. >> it goes back to my point. he is unfit and incapable of managing and maybe inexperienced. >> eric: why would the irs purposely go after conservative groups. >> bob: i guess there were liberals in the organizatio >> eric: because they wanted the accolades of finding out information on conservatives. >> bob: i would need to suggest this is someth
cameron say they'll do what they can to strengthen opposition groups. obama hosted cameron at the white house. they discussed a proposed peace conference on syria. obama said it's essential to bring representatives of assad's government and opposition forces to the negotiation table. >> together we're going to continue our efforts to pressure on the assad regime, to strengthen the moderate opposition and to prepare for a democratic syria without assad. >> russian leaders have long provided support for their allies in syria. cameron traveled last week to visit with president putin. john kerry held separate talks in moscow with russian foreign minister. they agreed to set up talks between the government and the opposition by the end of the month. but u.s. state department officials say the conference is unlikely to take place until at least next month. twice already looks set to do so again. sharif served as prime minister in the 1990s, he's expected to return to power after his party won the most votes in a general election. election officials say they've counted nearly 60% of the vote.
covert ops by a state department official and right here at home spying on the free press by the obama administration. i'm jake tapper and this is "the lead." >>> the politics lead. verbal gymnastics from the obama administration today. the white house and the justice department turn on the full spin cycle in the middle of a scandal pileup. the world lead. at first it read like james bond but the more we hear the more it sounds like austin powers. the russians say they've caught an american spy and, hey, they've got the wigs to prove it. >>> and the pop lead. she is one of the most beautiful actresses in the world. the camera has always loved every inch of her but angelina jolie today revealed that she's forever altered her famous body to head off a deadly disease. >>> the politics lead. a brutal, brutal day for the obama administration. white house press secretary jay carney and u.s. attorney general eric holder both tangled with the press this afternoon, and it was rough. after benghazi, the irs scandal, and now reports that the justice department covertly seized reporters' phone rec
cloudy but when it comes to the political climate is white house is learning when it rains it pours. president obama came out swinging thursday while republicans hammer away at a trifecta of controversies. nbc's danielle leigh is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. first up today, lawmakers are sure to express their outrage with steven miller, the former tax commissioner forced to resign, now on capitol hill today. in just a couple hours he's going to be testifying about what happened and how. senior white house budget official daniel wuerffel is taking over as the irs chief. he was appointed by president obama. >> it is just simply unacceptable for there to even be a hint of partisanship for ideology when it comes to the application of our tax laws. >> reporter: the former agency boss forced to resign testifies before a house committee today. meanwhile, a manager for the irs branch accused of improperly targeting conservative political groups now says he's retiring. >> nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arroganc
three scandals that have been dogging them all this week. hasn't been a good week for the obama white house. but they did release the e-mails on benghazi to try to put that to rest. they did fire the acting head of the i.r.s. make no mistake about it, he was fired. he didn't resign. steven miller. tried to put that one to rest and they asked chuck schumer to reintroduce the media shield law to show that they really do love reporters after all. after having subpoenaed the department of justice subpoenaed the phone records of "the associated press." did that do the trick? that's the question. 1-866-55-press. back to your comments in just a minute. how about this? on identity theft this story out of massachusetts a man stole tens of thousands of dollars from his former girlfriend while she was suffering from cancer. he now has to pay $64,000 back to her daughter once he gets out of prison. used his girlfriend's identity to open credit cards up in his own name. another case of identity theft. another reason to go out and get protection against it. like lifelock ultimate. the most comprehe
is that it's nixonian. >> it is just not what america was founded on. >> reporter: at the white house, president obama testing the weather before he hit the links today, but he's still in damage control mode, trying to pivot back to a safer topic, the economy. >> too often, our politics aren't focused on the same things you are. working hard, supporting your family and supporting your community. making sure your kids have every chance in life. >> reporter: but republicans are digging in, aiming to broaden the scope of the irs investigation. >> if we've learned anything this week it's that the irs needs less power, not more. >> reporter: may arguably be the president's worst week to date. it reached a pinnacle friday when outgoing irs acting commissioner steven miller apologized for not revealing for a year that tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax exempt status had been targeted for extra scrutiny. >> we provided horrible customer service here. i will admit that. >> reporter: the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. republicans did
there is a connection here. >> we are just learning from the white house, president obama will meet with treasury officials today to discuss the i.r.s. situation and the white house press secretary says the president expects people to be held accountable. >> new this morning the charity locks of love is responding to new questions of millions in missing hair donations. the group turns donated hair into wigs for disadvantaged children with medical conditions. the bay area-based group nonprofit investor claims locks of love only made 314 wigs despite 100,000 donations. we were told "there not now and there has never been missing funds," saying the wigs are custom-made and cannot be made ahead of time, we posted the entire statement on our website at abc7news.com under see it on tv. >> bay area home prices have surged past the half million for the first time in five years. according to the research firm, the home median price rose 17 percent last month alone. april's median price for new homes hit $510,000 in the bay area, up 31 percent from the same period last year. >> a lot people who bought in 2
in the scandals that president obama wrestled this week. in a q & a session president obama said the white house and congress can fix the problems of the irs without the need of the special counsel and the tea party groups seeking tax exempt status. he was asked if anyone heard of thems before his counsel got word last month? >> i certainly did not know anything about the ig report before the ig report had been leaked through press, to the press. >> republicans say they complained about the irs between 2010 and 2012. a day after firing the acting commissioner for irs stephen miller, they are attempting to rebuild the trust in the irs. >> we have to make sure it is doing its job scrupulously. >> president obama called for improved training and faster military response to protect the military outpost. >> we need congress to work with us so we can fully implement all of the recommendations. >> the republicans say in march, congress provided more than 2 billion more to address embassy security. the phone records, mr. obama shrugged it off. you can draw your own conclusions. >> the president said he
a thousand cubic feet of the white house or president obama, this goes from bad, to very, very dire. he is drawing a very clear perimeter there, yes, we didn't know anything about the inspector general's report, but does not go to the question about what about the targeting of your political enemies by this federal agency. >> megyn: now on the question of benghazi, the president tried to get out in front of that before he begin speaking and said, he is calling on congress to fully fund budget requests for embassy security. this is one of the lessons of benghazi, he is suggesting. now charlene lamb the state department employee and one of the only people that have been held accountable. she got a two week administrative leave. she testified before congress. question was refusal to provide more security because the state department kept denying for security. state department were begging for security and ms. lamb said no. so was the refusal caused by budget cuts? no, was her answer and then this exchange with darrell issa. >> ms. lamb, yesterday you told us in testimony that you received
the white house will hamstring or in any way slow down president obama's legislative agenda. >> we have a press conference happening today, there's clear lay lot of work to be done. what do you think the implications of this week are on his agenda? >> i think it hurts his agenda in the short term. i think it will be difficult for him to get much of anything that he wants done. the upside for the white house is they've been sort of keeping out of what's been going on in congress on immigration. you know, the budget stuff that's been going on. they sort of have stepped away to allow that to work its way through congress. and it could in the end actually help immigration if obama sort of stays away and is sort of preoccupied with this kind of thing. that could help them sort of move that through. but certainly over the next few months, it's going to make it difficult for him to do anything. >> and something like this. where nobody has a prescription for what to do in syria. but the idea of boots on the ground is an anathema to most. will congress cooperate with him on the humanitarian leve
. lester? >> michelle franzen tonight, thank you. >>> after a turbulent week for the obama administration, the white house went on the defensive today. though the president himself steered clear of the controversies. nbc's peter alexander has the latest. >> bomb! bomb! >> reporter: with the president addressing graduates at the historically black morehouse college in atlanta today, no mention of the convergence of trofrz sti controversies still brewing in washington. the washington is aggressively responding calling this aggressive and absurd. on the irs issue -- >> no question republicans are trying to make political hay. >> reporter: a senior advisor speak out. >> when they want to do when lacking a positive agenda is try to drag washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions and trumped up allegations. >> reporter: president obama's agency promising a top-down review. >> there is a culture of intimidation throughout the administration. it is no wonder that the agents and the irs sort of get the message. the president demonizes his opponents. >> reporter: but gop leaders conced
prime minister david cameron to the white house. this is cameron's first visit to the u.s. since obama won his second term in office. nbc news will have full coverage this morning. >>> the house where cleveland prosecutors believe three women were imprisoned for a decade was boarded up as workers began putting a ten-foot fence around it. officials are trying to protect it for evidence. they say they have credible threats of arson. >>> police in new orleans are looking for up to three people they say shot into a crowd during a mother's day parade. the fbi describes it as a flare-up of street violence. among the 19 injured, two children grazed by bullets. >>> more than a few people revved their engines in mexico this weekend as thousands of loyal harley-davidson fans took part in a celebratory ride. they commemorated the iconic motorcycle's 110th anniversary. bikers came from all across the globe to ride alongside local monuments. the anniversary will end with a late summer festival in the brand's birthplace of milwaukee. love the harley. the closest i got was i had a dog named harley. >
. this is an organization, the obama campaign, combined with the obama white house that has create adult turf intimidation, of hard ball tactics against their political own points. it is not just the irs. it is nlrb went off boeing for moving their facilities from washington state and south carolina. there will be other cases i will talk about in days to come. there is connection they have create adult turf intimidation where this type of behavior is rewarded, modeled and quite frankly in my opinion encouraged. >> they're on offense on this. and as i said they want to distance themselves from this act. they made sure the acting head of the irs resigned. what are you going to do in your capacity to try to prove that there is a connection goes higher up the food chain on this issue while they're trying to make sure ifb believes there is absolutely not? what will you do to try t prove that? >> number one i will continue to talk about the culture of intimidation. how this white house and administration love to demonizes their opponents. they're not contents to debating the merits of issue. they want to create
obama attitude is the correct way. i think the talking point that the white house has been pushing not only media matters picks it up but politico picks it up. the leak had occurred at associated press and they tried to find out who leak. in the bush administration, president bush himself called the "new york times" to say, let's hold back on these stories if you are going to give away our sources. "new york times" said no, and they went forward anyway. i think the government has the right, but they need to be able to put some pressure on the news organizations to see if they will comply first. >> jon: should the media be making the point that eric holder recuses himself in this case? it doesn't seem to be getting a lot of coverage. >> as dana of the "washington post" that he abdicated and mocked him on thursday for acting like he didn't know his own justice department and who knew that lawyers never wrote things down? also in the "washington post" all the scandals, there is nothing to see here, let's move on. >> jon: what about that? eric holder apparently was supposed to put all
's the first evidence that someone within the obama administration knew about the white house was told of the federal investigation. republican congressman aaron schock serves on the house ways and means committee which oversees the i.r.s. >> we don't have any reason to believe at this point that it was anybody outside i.r.s. directing them to do this. obviously, there's been claimed claims that the white house might have been involved and other groups. i don't have any reason to believe that. >> reporter: he says the i.r.s.' behavior was criminal, claiming it hurt the ability of creativity groups to fund raise, and that limited their influence. >> until we know who it was responsible for the activities, we need to continue to investigate. >> reporter: a six-month-long investigation by the inspector general failed to pinpoint exactly who made the decision to subject some applications to extra scrutiny. marcus owens ran the tax exempt division at the i.r.s. for 10 years. is it that hard to figure out who is doing what at the i.r.s.? >> well, no, it isn't but i think the issue here is it
with president obama at the white house yesterday. >>> and next hour, prince harry will tour the jersey shore. he wanted to get a first-hand look at the devastation left behind by superstorm sandy and meet survivors before his trip ends tomorrow. chris christie will be his tour guide. the mayor spoke to poppy harlow a moment ago. >> it shows people across the country that this town was hit relatively hard, considering what happened and his presence alone should -- >> reporter: it is important that prince harry is coming here today? >> absolutely. i think any time you can get a positive story on the rebuilding of what we're doing in seaside heights, let the people get a visu visual aid of what's going on. >> seven months since sandy and i have seen it around here. a lot of progress has been made, but a lot of work to be done. does this help a lot in putting new jersey, the coast, back on the map in terms of the aid that many argue is needed here? >> i would hope it does. not just for seaside heights, i like the way you put it. aid not only here but for the coast. seaside heights was hurt. some tow
met with president barack obama at the white house and called the bombing attacks an appalling outrage. he wants tor hi governor brown will release a revised plan including what the state should do with $4.5 billion in unexpected revenue. he does not want them to go on a spending pre-but they -- spending spree but they want some of that money to put back into cut back programs. >>> the city is working on a mening the immigration reform bill and among the discussions visa programs for lower skilled workers and also, another one that deals with high skilled workers. >>> there will be a state hearing and federal investigation over the new span of the bay bridge. lawmakers plan to grill caltrans officials before the senate committee this afternoon and at issue is whether caltrans should handle such large construction projects. the highway administration is investigating the seismic rods and the proposed solution. >>> all right, pam, let's check in with sal. it has been a busy morning for you. >>> yes, i just keep turning them over, on orinda, it is an injury crash and i want to show you th
of this for us. so what's the danger here, if there is one, for the obama white house? >> wolf, we covered the white house together for a long time. yes, it's only may 2013, but 2014, the six-year presidential itch election, what they call it. you have benghazi, the blossoming irs scandal which has legs that could last for months. you have the questions about the department of justice. so you know now you have an emboldened republican party. you just heard congress marn chaffetz. you have a republican party keep asking questions, keep demanding witnesses. now a new criminal investigation, the hill wants more answers on that. you have an emboldened republican party. the flip side and the other risk is, now you're starting to see democrats say we want answers from the irs. we're not certain what's going on in this administration. we think the president should be tougher and act faster. if you get emboldened republican party and democratic drift, if they start drifting from the president, remember, the last two years of the george w. bush administration, rising opposition to the iraq war, kat
alert. president obama is about to deliver a statement from the white house at 6:00 p.m. eastern on the irs skonl. we'll bring that to you live. we're getting our first look at the hundreds of pages -- actually we have one page -- of e-mails from the white house on benghazi. this stuff is mind-blowing. my mind has exploded all over the table. it's a mess. you were saying during the break -- >> there's less here than in a fluffer-nutter. this is all we have so far. and that doesn't make any sense. al qaeda was in the talking points -- al qaeda was taken out of talking points before it got to the white house. but then why did it -- why do we have the e-mail from the cia in the first place that has the deletions? i guess breath will steer us in the right direction when he has it. and there are ongoing protests. the cia says he understands that there are interagency disagreements on what was in the talking points. so he decided, mike morrell, the cia director, he's going to take the lead and change it and then it's more opaque than -- >> something that's opaque. a bog, perhaps. >> i
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